Features - 29/1/8
Here are some accounts from first-time ski marathon-ers -
JIZERSKÁ PADESÁTKA 50, CZECH REPUBLIC, JANUARY 2008
Back from the Loppet and all in one piece. It was great fun, just getting there was an adventure and a great part of the event. I managed to do it all by public transport which was amazingly cheap. The event had a great atmoshpere and the weather on the day was perfect minus 3 blue sunny sky. I must admit to having a bit of a panic attack on the day before as I went to the start for a rece and quick ski and couldn't get any hard wax to work, I didn't want to try Klister although it was quite clear that it was the only thing that was going to work. So I handed my skis to the service engineers and paid £20 for the works ( floura carbon). They seemed very confident that they knew what conditions were going to be like on the race, even to the extent where they predicted the tempreature at certain times of the day. So I went for it not wanting to compete with 4000 plus othere skiers in the morning. Loads of others where doing the same and it was one of the top tips that others said was worth doing. So I spent an evening rather worried about not having been able to ski on snow having aborted my attempt earlier. Plus having to sort the skis out if the wax wasn't correct for the morning. ( perhaps in the future another pair of skis, so that one can be handed in whilst the others can be used for sking practice)
A.L., SKARVERENNET, GEILO, NORWAY, APRIL 2007
We had an absolute ball and felt such a sense of achievement having completed the course. Dave and John did the full 38kms. Angela, Sheri, Pip and I did the 24kms.
All the Norwegians thought we were mad event contemplating it considering we hadn't ever trained on snow before - but we assured them our training in Hyde Park set us up perfectly well for the day!
Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would ever take part in such an event. Somehow Paddy talke Alan, Penny and I into taking part. 22kms seemed unachievable, even trying to classic it. However we survived, but any technique I had been taught during the week went out of the window! It felt more like trudging on skis rather than gliding but the sense of achievement at finishing was worth the ffort, even through it took us most of the allotted time to do half the circuit.